I made a bold prediction to my wife when I heard the Super Bowl 2020 halftime show would feature Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
The prediction: there would be much shaking of bottoms. And so there was.
I’m not going to give you a detailed description of the performance. If you missed it you can watch any of many replays available online. I won’t provide a link.
In summary, there was singing and dancing, with the two stars and lots of other people in outfits that got skimpier as the show wore on. There was a good deal of gyrating, suggestive gestures, skin, and, yes, bottom shaking. One of the stars demonstrated her skill at pole dancing.
The bottom line (so to speak) was that it was extremely sexual and inappropriate.
I have two-year-old twin granddaughters and two grandsons around a year in age. They don’t watch much television and after this Super Bowl, I won’t be arguing for them to spend more time in front of the screen.
My wife and I watched halftime together, partly to see if my advance prediction was correct. I’m glad I wasn’t watching with my daughter, granddaughters or mom (God rest her soul).
The football itself was reasonably entertaining and the result in doubt until late in the game. That is good; it was supposed to be an athletic competition.
There also were a couple highpoints before the game. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams delivered a breathtaking rendition of “God Bless America” and Singer Demi Lovato did a glorious job with the national anthem.
A halftime show featuring the two of them singing would have been truly entertaining – and the kids wouldn’t have been scandalized. A marching band would be another good choice.
But I suppose kids aren’t the targeted advertising demographic for the Super Bowl. The desired audience is young men who like to party and fantasize about shaking female bottoms.
And if you are a woman who thinks this halftime performance empowers women, you also are fantasizing.